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FAQ: Entering the competition for the San Francisco Bay International Photo Show

By entering the competition you
agree to the terms in this FAQ


The theme is open, all genres and styles are welcome.


The competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Submitted photos must not have been previous award winners in San Francisco International competitions, must not have previously appeared in Bokeh Bokeh, and must not have appeared in previous exhibitions at the ACCI Gallery.


May 12, 2018, at midnight, Pacific Time.


1st Place:
2nd Place:
3rd Place:
Gold Medal Awards
  • Included in the gallery exhibit during the Month of Photography
  • Exhibited during the celebration reception
  • Featured on Bokeh Bokeh Photo with a link to the artist’s site
Silver Medal Awards
  • Electronic display during the celebration reception
  • Featured on Bokeh Bokeh Photo with a link to the artist's site
Portfolio Awards
  • Solo feature of the series on Bokeh Bokeh Photo
  • All entries with at least six images will automatically be considered for Portfolio Awards as well as the other awards. Portfolio awards are given to compelling sets of photographs that have a unifying theme or visual style. You may submit multiple series (each with at least 6 images) as well as individual images.


$10 per image. Entries with 6 or more images will also be considered for Portfolio Awards.

Location of Exhibition

ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California

Important dates

Deadline for entries:
May 10, 2018 (midnight Pacific Time)
Award winners announced:
June 5, 2018
Deadline for confirmation of participation:
June 12, 2018
Delivery for show (one of the following):
  • Deadline for receipt of electronic files for printing and framing:
    June 19, 2018
  • Deadline for receipt of shipped artwork:
    August 20, 2018
  • Artwork hand delivered to gallery:
    August 31, 2018
Opening of show:
September 2, 2018
Celebration reception:
September 7, 2018
Closing day of show:
September 30, 2018
Pick up unsold work:
September 30, 2018

Submitting images

Registration, payment, and submitting of images is done through the SmarterEntry site. Image files uploaded for judging must conform to the following guidelines:
  • Images must be between 1,200 and 2,000 pixels long on the longest side.
  • Images must be at most 4 MB.
  • Entries must be submitted as high quality JPG files.
  • Images must use the sRGB color space. (This is the default for JPG files.)
  • File names must end with .jpg
  • File names cannot contain any of the following characters !@#$"%^&*()+
  • Do not use any borders, visible watermarks, copyright notices, or added identification on your images
  • Registrants may substitute or add images at any time until registration closes.
  • The Director reserves the right to reject any works deemed inappropriate.

Preparing artwork for exhibition

  • Image size must be at most 20" (50cm) in the longest dimension.
  • External size of the frame must be at most 25" (65cm) in the longest dimension.
  • The frame must be ready to hang, with hanging wire attached. Hanging cleats are not acceptable.
  • Electronically delivered Gold Medal images must be flattened tif or psd files, 240 to 360 ppi, 16-bit, adobe 1998 or pro photo color space, and cropped and sized to final print dimensions including any desired borders.
  • Artwork can be shipped, hand delivered, or delivered electronically. Hand delivered work must be packaged for protection. Electronically delivered artwork will be printed and framed, using archival materials, at a modest cost.

Printing and framing service

As a convenience to Gold Medal award winners, we offer a printing and framing service at modest cost. We print with ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk luster paper, an outstanding heavyweight paper. We use acid free mats and mounting materials, and black lacquered solid wood frames. We place a size limit of 16" (40cm) for the long dimension of the photographs we print.

Selling of artwork during the Exhibition

All work in the show will be offered for sale. Artists may set their own prices or consult with the Director to determine prices. ACCI Gallery retains a 50% commission on sold works.

Return of unsold work

Arrangements for return of unsold work must be made with the Director by September 21, 2018. Return options include: Pick-up from the gallery on September 30, 2018 Shipment to the artist for the cost of packing and shipping Disposal at artist’s request Unclaimed work will be destroyed

Use of images

Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist. Entrants must own and have exclusive copyright to all images they submit. The San Francisco Bay International Photo Show, Bokeh Bokeh Photo, and ACCI Gallery reserve the right to use award winning images for marketing and promotional purposes only, including use by media for announcements or reviews.


In the unlikely event that it is necessary, The San Francisco Bay International Photo Show reserves the right to make changes to the competition and exhibition.


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